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Everything you always wanted to know about Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is one of the most important identifying marks on your vehicle. This number gives you a complete history of the vehicle. Starting from where it was made and by what manufacturer, the VIN on your car distinguishes your car from other vehicles.  Additionally, the VIN is also used to track …

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How VINsmart Can Benefit Auto Dealerships

Automobile Dealerships Will Experience Many Benefits From Using VINSmart Vehicle Records When you own a car dealership, you already understand how competitive the market is to sell your vehicles. This is especially true in a used car dealership setting. Even if you are selling certified pre-owned vehicles, your customers are going to feel more confident …

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10 Things To Look For When Buying A Used Car

Buying a used car can be exciting and scary at the same time. You are excited that you are getting something new to you, but at the same time, you don’t want to get scammed or ripped off. Think about it, you buy a used car that seems great, but months down the road, the car says, “Pull over, check engine.” I’ve had this happen when buying an undisclosed flooded car with electrical issues.

Buying A Car With A Lien: The Ultimate Guide

If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas it’s likely you’re familiar with high risk/reward situations. One wrong roll of the dice and lady luck seems to turn her back on you. Similarly, buying a vehicle with a lien on the title often seems like a pretty bad hand to the average consumer. Most people will tell you that there are hassles and headaches from start to finish. However, once you know the truth about lien titles the experience becomes far less like craps and far more like blackjack.

I Accidentally Bought A Stolen Car. Now What?

How it happens In 2018 police arrested a man outside a county courthouse when he got into what police had found to be a stolen vehicle. Officers had noticed the car when one of their ALPRs or Automatic License Plate Readers had alerted them that the vehicle was reported stolen. Following protocol, they simply stayed within reach and when the operator returned and tried to get into the car he was arrested. It just so happened that he was returning from a date inside the courthouse itself over a previous arrest for grand theft auto. The truth is that there are more stolen cars out on the road than most people realize.

How To Check A VIN

In life, we have many serious relationships where a knowledge of the other parties’ past would’ve been deeply helpful when the relationship began. When the relationship between you and a potential new used car in your life gets serious it’s time to dig around in that cars past a little bit. While getting a pre-purchase inspection of the car is absolutely important, it won’t cover all the major concerns that may not have been disclosed to you. For instance, it won’t tell you anything about the service history and legal past of the car. In addition, if you’re dealing with a seller that might require some negotiating, asking for a pre-purchase inspection might tip your hand that you’re quite serious about the car in question. So before you go that route lets talk about another option that will still get you vital information. It’s called a VIN Check and it may save you thousands of dollars.